The Polite Pub offers its largely foreign clientele the comforts of home. The owners sate cravings to munch while you drink ... More
The Polite Pub offers its largely foreign clientele the comforts of home. The owners sate cravings to munch while you drink with an endless supply of roasted peanuts; the CD collection draws from mostly Western favorites, both past and present; and foosball and pool provide sporting distractions from the main activities--drinking and cavorting. Besides beer, the women's Vietnamese pool champion bartender mixes good margaritas and Long Island ice teas.
Yeah, an expat bar. Hanoi is one of the most exciting cities in the world, but it can wear you down. I loved dropping into the Polite Club at night after a day of exporing the Old Quarter and surroundings. Nice feel, AC, good music, and the friendliest staff and patrons I have found in Vietnam.
There is a strange competition between the Tiger and Calrsberg beer companies, where waitresses dressed in company uniform, seem to compete for their respective companies, patron by patron, beer by beer. No sooner does your empty Tiger Beer glass hit the table, the Carlsberg girl is there offering you her beer. But they are very friendly and once you get the idea (I alternate), they seem to have a sense of humor about it too.
Be careful of those bar peanuts though. Very addicting.
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